Piero Manzoni

Gagosian London’s exhibition Manzoni: Azimut celebrates the work of Piero Manzoni and fellow artists during the brief life of the Azimut gallery in Milan from 1959 to 1960. The catalogue essay flows uninterrupted, vastly illustrated, to reflect in the book’s layout the pace, vibrancy, and experimentalism of art at the end of the 1950s. The dominant typography is reminiscent of typefaces from the era and particular to the aesthetic of the artist himself. Reproductions of four invites to Azimut exhibitions are concealed in glassine-like pockets throughout the catalogue, this fragile ephemera breathing life into history. Two faithfully reproduced issues of the journal Azimuth accompany the catalogue. The muted tones and colors of the slipcase complement these earlier designs and invoke the spirit of Manzoni and his peers.